Kontributors – John DeBenedictis 2017-06-21T09:17:55-08:00

John DeBenedictis has been coaching for over 35 years and has coached at many levels. Most of his coaching has been at the youth level from the youngest of children right up to U19 league select teams playing in international competitions.

He ran his own soccer camps with Tony Waiters, former English International goalkeeper and Canadian National Team coach in Ontario. He played goalkeeper for York University helping them win the National Title in 1977. He played semi-professionally in the National Soccer League (a professional league based in southern Ontario, Upper New York State, Quebec and Michigan), with Toronto Ukrania. He also runs his “Secrets to Goal Scoring” course.

DeBenedictis continues to volunteer his services as Executive Director of The National Soccer Coaches Association of Canada and recently authored “The Last 9 Seconds: The Secrets to Scoring Goals on the Last Touch”.



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908, 2017

Nutty Parents?

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The crowd of 50 or 60, which seemed like thousands to these 4-year-olds, cheered at every opportunity and shouted words of encouragement. When I focused on them it was hard to imagine grown adults looking so foolish. It was certainly just as enjoyable as the game. As one player finally caught up with the ball, he ran with it in any direction but turned his head towards his parents and smiled. It drew a big laugh from the crowd, [...]

305, 2017

Missed Penalty Kicks by Superstars and the Stress on Coaches

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It was the 2016 MLS Cup Final and the game went to penalty kicks. Michael Bradley, the captain and arguably the best player on the field over 120 minutes for Toronto FC, stepped up to take his penalty shot. He missed. Stefan Frei, the goalkeeper and arguably the best player on the field over 120 minutes for Seattle, made the save to his left seem simple, as if he had read Bradley’s mind. A few moments later, Seattle scored [...]

2303, 2016

A Brilliant New Strategy to Use by Youth Coaches (NOT!)

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For Coaches For Parents For Referees A Brilliant New Strategy to Use by Youth Coaches (NOT!) It’s game day and the players are restless all day long. In most cases it’s because the day seems so long especially when it ends with a soccer game. The game is not foremost on their minds so there is no need to get all worked up so early about it. In fact, when the game actually approaches it will seem like [...]

401, 2016

The Secrets to Scoring Goals

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For Coaches For Parents For Referees The Secrets to Scoring Goals Well as the title suggests, I can’t tell you much more because if I do the secret to scoring goals would no longer be a secret. I can tell you that knowing how to kick a ball properly to shoot is important but my session was not about the ordinary. For information on that you can pick up any number of great books to provide you [...]

401, 2016

Player Development Starts at the Socks

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For Coaches For Parents For Referees Player Development Starts at the Socks Have you ever watched the best players in the world and wondered: how did they do that? They perform a brilliant pass, finding a player in the open while being under extreme pressure. Or they score a brilliant goal and it seemed as if the player knew where everything and everyone was and then made the right decision under pressure. It may be a quick [...]